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News on suppliers, market trends and technology innovations in polysilicon and wafer production is selected, assessed and written for you by Bernreuter Research.

REC Silicon’s fluidized bed reactor polysilicon plant in Moses Lake, Washington at night

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U.S.-based polysilicon manufacturer REC Silicon has stopped speculation that its plant in Moses Lake, Washington could be closed.

Daqo New Energy’s polysilicon plant in Shihezi, Xinjiang

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China-based polysilicon manufacturer Daqo New Energy is targeting total production costs of US$6.80/kg by the first quarter of 2020, down from $9.05/kg in Q2 2018 and $7.50/kg projected for 2019.

polysilicon chunks

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Indeed, polysilicon prices on the Chinese spot market slightly recovered in July and stabilized in August. But they have been on the downtrend again since mid-September.

Jiangsu Zhongneng’s polysilicon plant in Xuzhou, Jiangsu

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Two months after its announcement in early June, the sale of a 51% stake in Jiangsu Zhongneng, China’s largest polysilicon manufacturer, from parent company GCL-Poly to state-owned Shanghai Electric Group has failed.

Longi’s four polysilicon supply contracts

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Leading monocrystalline wafer maker Longi has underpinned its rapid expansion by signing a contract with Xinte Energy for the delivery of 90,080 tons of polysilicon from 2019 through 2021.

REC Silicon’s fluidized bed reactor polysilicon plant in Moses Lake, Washington with vehicle at night

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U.S.-based polysilicon manufacturer REC Silicon has blamed the layoff of 100 employees on the trade dispute, but it is more a response to the slump of global demand in the wake of China’s cap on domestic PV installations.

Polysilicon rod grown on tube filament

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U.S.-based GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) for the first time showcased polysilicon rods grown on tube filaments at SNEC, the world’s largest solar trade show, in Shanghai in late May.

Monocrystalline silicon ingot for semiconductor use in China

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Jiangsu Xinhua Semiconductor Materials Technology Co., Ltd. says it has reached volume production of electronic-grade polysilicon for the semiconductor industry.

PV system in China

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The National Development and Reform Commission of China said on June 7 it would accelerate the planned launch of a quota system that would force provinces to buy more power from renewable energy sources.

Jiangsu Zhongneng’s polysilicon plant in Xuzhou, Jiangsu

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GCL-Poly has brought Shanghai Electric Group as a major investor on board to support the growth of GCL’s subsidiary Jiangsu Zhongneng, China’s largest polysilicon manufacturer.